Minutes of 2/14/07 Meeting

This meeting opened at 7:30 p.m. by Sis. N. Pajeau at American Sokol Office in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Pledge of Allegiance was given. The following BOI members were present: John Bazata, Bev Domzalski, Maryann Fiordelis, Allison Gerber, Chuck Kalat, Jan Kalat, Matt Kocek, Barb Kucera, Bob Kucera, Juanita LoGiudice, Nancy Pajeau, Kandi Pajer, Tom Pajer, Irena Polashek, Barb Vondra, Patti Vondra, Howie Wise and Jane Wise. Lynda Bazata and Christina Curran were excused.

– Birthday greetings: Bud Benak (2/11), Lynda Bazata (2/14), Mary Cushing (2/14), Christina Curran (2/16) and Patti Vondra (2/25).
Happy Valentines Day!!!!

– Minutes of the January 10, 2007, meeting were reviewed.
MOTION made by Sis. M. Fiordelis to approve the minutes of the January 10, 2007, American Sokol – BOI Meeting, seconded and passed.

Juanita LoGiudice, postage for American Sokol Special Number mailing, $90.73.
Royal Office, printer cartridge, $105.42
MOTION made by Br. B. Kucera to approve bills, seconded by Sis. B. Kucera and passed.

Mail Sent:
– Senior II Cal VHS Video to Norm Petrik; gave to Sokol Tabor, Sokol Stickney, Sokol Spirit.
– Two merit award applications.
– American Special Number Text and CD to one director (Wm Director) from each unit.
– American Special Number Video to Sokol Minnesota, Sokolice Crete, Sokol Baltimore, Sokol New York, Sokol Greater Cleveland, Sokol Naperville Tyrs and Sokol Spirit.
– Labels, stationery and envelopes to Jane Wise for 2007 Instructor School.

Mail Received:
– Greg Weyers’ Parents, two $50 checks to repay Greg’s Merit Award (4th and 5th payment).
– Chuck Kalat, February Director’s Newsletter.
– Christmas Card to Br. Kalat: Miroslav V Dinic, President of The Sokol Union of Serbia.
– COS Sokol Magazine: Jan 2007.
– January Publication.
– Sokol Minichov “Sokolik” Magazine: 2006.
– Norma/ Sokol New York: New Men’s Director is Brian Flaherty, 770 Park Ave, New York NY 10021; 212-249-3291

E-mails received:
– Sokol Minnesota Roster: New Women’s Director is Alisa Hollibush, 853 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102.
– DA Sokol New Women’s Director: Jessica Bardy, 20-19 43rd St, Astoria NY 11105.
– Sokol West, Amy Jackson’s new address is P. O. Box 367, West TX 76691-0367.

E-mails sent:
– Yahoo ASO-BOI Group: Minutes and Action List posted on website.
– Yahoo asoutorgnews group: Website information available.

ASO BOI CHALLENGE – Probortunity
President’s Challenge
BOI members received information about testing the President’s Challenge site. The following signed on: John Bazata, Bev Domzalski, Bob Kucera, Chuck Kalat, Christina Curran, Jan Kalat, Kandi Pajer and Tom Pajer. The registration process is not too complicated. Br. Pajer suggested the BOI stock some awards to present to those who actually join, participate and achieve. We may need to find a way to fund this program along the way. The purpose of introducing the President’s Challenge to all members is our way of having our members keeping fit by working out during non-Sokol hours. Keeping track of your progress is strictly by the honor system.
Family Sokol Camp
– Br. T. Pajer reviewed the guidelines for this Camp, which is based on the Traveling Camp guidelines. The purpose of this program is to involve the entire family in a Sokol activity, to involve families in a Sokol experience, to increase the family nature of our organization and to recruit new people to our program. One adult should be present for each child under 7. Family members should be related. There would be a minimum of 8 families at the camp. The camp would be on a weekend from Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Br. T. Pajer will post a preliminary plan on the Yahoo Group for everyone to take a look at.

– The Youth Committee Status Report dated February 14, 2007, is attached.

– Br. C. Kalat e-mailed Sis. EllenJeanne Schnabl about the role of education and expanding it beyond just Czech history. She responded that she was in agreement and she is going to try and do something less Czech related in the material she puts in the newsletter. She suggested in her comments to Br. Kalat that every BOI meeting should have an educational director/committee on their agenda every month actively participating and reporting on activities. Similarly, there should be a BOI member on the educational committee to work with them.
– Suggestions were made to the educational director that it would help if some of the information she sends could be sent electronically making it easier to disseminate. There should be someone on the education committee who can send information electronically on Sis. Schnabl’s behalf.
– Sis. Schnabl did ask if the publication could be used to help publicize some of the contests so the parents and other members could see it and encourage more youth to participate in the contests.

– Br. H. Wise reported that the New Wing met on Sunday, 2/4/07. Mike Dropka, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Emanuella Grinberg, Mike Wise, Jane Wise and Howie Wise were present. Discussed four topics.
– One was the database of 18-30 year old Sokol members. Mike Wise has begun collecting data for this. Emanuella is collecting data from her area and they are working together.
– The New Wing felt there is little value in following up with the previous 18-24 conference after two years. What was presented at that conference was accomplished during that time.
– A New Wing combination Winter Slet and conference may happen in early 2008. All coordinators are thinking about topics to be discussed. The location is unknown at this time, but most likely will stay in the Northern area. The possibility of inviting DA Sokol and Sokol USA was also discussed.
– Maryann Fiordelis contacted Jane and Howie Wise asking if the SPTF could meet with the New Wing coordinators to find out ways to get information out to the young adult members. The New Wing coordinators are anxious to talk with Sis. Fiordelis.

2007 SOKOL USA SOKOLFEST – June 28, to July 1, 2007
– Directors should have received the Slet Survey in the mail. All units should be responding to the survey.
– DVDs of Slet cals were given out. Sis. LoGiudice has a VHS copy of the Senior II cal; some people requested a VHS copy.
– No decision has yet been made for the Jr./Sr. Cal uniform.
– Sis. J. Wise was told that it was okay if women do the men’s part for the Senior II cal.
– A revised version of the Senior II cal text is posted on the Sokol USA web site.
– Special number costume has not yet been decided on.
– Sokol Spirit is looking into bus rentals for the trip to Pittsburgh. Sokol Greater Cleveland has about 40 children and their families, 35 women, 15 men and about 20 juniors attending.
– Sokol New York may be learning the special number to perform in Pittsburgh. Sokol Detroit has people who will be doing the special number also.

2007 NATIONAL INSTRUCTORS SCHOOL – July 16, to July 30, 2007
– Sis. Wise reported that all information, including the flier and student applications have been mailed on Monday to unit directors and the outside organizations’ directors.
– The new checking account is being opened in Chicago and Sis. Wise is a signatory on the account. There is $500 of the BOI’s subsidy currently in the account.
– Sis. Wise has been corresponding with Bud Benak about the Code of Conduct.
– Discussed the shirts and logos for shirts.
– Sis. Wise investigated the Safety Certification and the PDP options they would have. A Sokol person can teach the PDP class if anyone signs up for it.
– Sis. Wise spoke to Sis. M. Cushing about organizational-type matters for the Course.
– Sis. Wise began working on the menus.
– The audit committee and the executive board have requested rules and guidelines associated with the conduct of this event.

2007 NATIONAL SOKOL CAMP – July 30 to August 5, 2007
– Staff applications have been mailed via U.S. Mail and e-mail. Two applications have been received. The camp will be in Barryville, NY. We are waiting for the DVDs. There are 365 youth who will receive camp information.
– A question was raised about the cost of camp for one week being more than the cost of Course, which is two weeks long. It was explained that usually room and board is more expensive at camp than course, and course gets more subsidies than the camp does.
– Sis. L. Laznovsky is making arrangements for the camp staff to meet ahead of time for planning purposes.

Guidelines for Use of Remaining ASPT Funds
– Br. C. Kalat read the guidelines prepared by Br. T. Pajer. The BOI will approve these guidelines and then present them to the executive board for approval.
MOTION made by Br. T. Pajer to approve the Guidelines for Use of Remaining ASPT Funds, seconded by Sis. B. Kucera and passed.
– These guidelines will be posted to the BOI Yahoo Group.

Summer Traveling Camps
– Br. Pajer has not talked to Sis. L. Laznovsky about the Southern District Camp, but he did talk to Melissa Dunlap and she is considering doing a camp for her unit in Summer, 2007. Br. Kalat recommended that Br. Pajer talk to Sis. Laznovsky.
– The Central District will hold a camp in June, 2007.
– The auditing committee checked the camp’s budget; there were some issues. They currently have all the information they need.
– Instructors are paid $10/hour based on a 10-hour day for three days. Right now, campers are charged $30 per camper; if we charged $50, that would give us an additional $600 but then the host usually adds money onto that for food, t-shirts, etc.
– Instructors should be at least 18 years old.

Adult “Merit Award” Project
– Sis. N. Pajeau stated the committee is still working on this project.
2009 American Sokol Slet
Progress Report:
– The Committee is still working on combining this event with other USAG groups. These groups will help pay for the convention center venue.
– A concern was expressed that planning a Saturday night Slet program and a Saturday morning street parade would not work out. Sis. Laznovsky and Br. and Sis. Kalat met and reviewed the 2005 Slet schedule, which had a Saturday night Slet. It was obvious that in order to do the parade, we would have to lose something. The Slet will be outdoors. We may have to lose one major social event, which will probably be the awards dance. An alternative awards presentation will have to be looked at.
– The committee is currently meeting monthly. They spoke to a professional grant writer and may hire her to help them get enough sponsors to make this event financially successful.

– Deadline for musical selections has come and gone. Br. Pajer and Sis. C. Curran have selected music. Nicole Marchluk also indicated she had her music selected.
– Br. Kalat e-mailed the other authors tonight asking what their status was.
– There is an interest in producing training videos rather than written text. The BOI will consider this.
Strategic Planning Committee Report
– February presentations completed in February were given to Cedar Rapids, Milwaukee, St. Louis. Next week SPTF will compete Little Ferry and the Pacific District. All sign-up forms are online.
– Sis. Fiordelis has been in contact with New Wing; she has their coordinators’ e-mail addresses. So far, only one coordinator has sat in on a presentation.

– Sis. Hruby gave Sis. LoGiudice the DVD and VHS copies of the COS gala and the Slet. There is a suggested donation of $15 for the DVD and $20 for the VHS of the gala and $20 of DVD and VHS of the Slet. Money due upfront.
– Br. and Sis. Wise sent samples of Northeastern District certificates and ribbons that they use at their competitions.
– Camp and Instructor’s School fliers are posted on the web site.
– Received no bids for the 2008 Instructor’s School.
– National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, their Slovo Winter edition, which can be purchased on their web site, included an article submitted about Sokol by Paul Lebloch and Joan Sedlacek from Minnesota. The picture on the cover is the Sedlacek family.
– New merchandise: two-tailed lion pins, American/Czech flag pins and two styles of tattoos (Sokol logo and Sokol word).
– Uniform status was questioned. Sokol Greater Cleveland ordered uniforms in December and apparently there is a problem with the boys’ uniforms; they were told they will not have them for their exhibition. There are a few Youth medium boys’ shorts. CLActivewear has an issue with the red shorts. Sis. Meribeth Tooke may be traveling to Canada and might check on the status of orders. Sis. Hruby may be looking for another company to handle our uniforms.

American Council on Exercise: www.acefitness.org.
PE-NEWS: www.pelinks4u.org, February 2007
PE4life: www.pe4life.org
The Presidents Challenge: Fitness is Fun Newsletter: www.presidentschallenge.org, February, 2007.
The Dumpling Newsletter: www.thedumplingnews.com
Health & Fitness: www.exercise.about.com
USA Gymnastics Fitness: www.usa-gymnastics.org/fitness
President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports e-newsletter: www.fitness.gov/enewsletter/Winter07-execdir-main.htm
Fifty Plus Lifelong Fitness: www.50plus.org, “Dare to be fit” and Fitness Ambassadors
American Society on Ageing & Center for Disease Control: www.asaging.org/cdc
US Office of Personnel Management: www.healthierfeds.gov
US Dept of Health & Human Services: www.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20061026.html
General Mills: www.generalmills.com “Click commitment, ” Youth Nutrition & Fitness (Strategic Planning-Maybe a grant for next year?)
All-America Get Fit: www.parade.com, Click “All-America Get Fit Program
American Gymnast: www.American-Gymnast.com Specials
Sign up for newsletters: www.talk.about.com
Polish Falcons: www.polishfalcons.org, “Click” Physical Education- 2007 PFA National Zlot, July 24-29, 2007, Orchard Lake MI.
TEN.O: www.ten-o.com, Valentine specials.
Tiffin Mats: www.TiffinMats.com, monthly specials.

– Action list was reviewed; an updated copy is posted on the BOI members web site.

The next regular ASO-BOI meeting will be held at the American Sokol office at 122 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL, on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. There will NOT be a March, 2007, meeting. There was no further business to discuss.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Beverly R. Domzalski, Secretary